The Console Conflict: One vs Four

By: Ryan Bagley Email
By: Ryan Bagley Email

As we draw closer to the next generation of gaming devices, fans of tech and gamers have been beginning the obvious debate; Do you buy a PS4 or Xbox One? Sorry Nintendo, you’re not really running in this race, but you already won the handheld war, so take comfort in that.

Both the PS4 and the Xbox one have come out of their corners swinging, announcing powerful specs and fan favorite, launch titles. Microsoft looking to keep their dominate spot on the console market and Sony looking to dethrone the long time king. So who should the gaming community back? Well, that sort of depends on what you are looking for. Are you a gamer or a tech fan?

Gamers should probably buy the PS4. They have announced many eye catching games as well as some long awaited sequels will be coming to the new console, as well as having the most powerful setup of any of the three big. They have announced that PlayStation network will be have a minor subscription fee, but that this will help them make the service more powerful and more secure so another credit card disaster can be prevented. Early word about engineering choices on the ps4 promise it is easy to program for and have super powered graphics. While all of these announcements are welcomed upgrades to the Sony console, it’s not exactly what’s been winning them the early stages of this war. Microsoft has made some questionable new choices for their new console that has started to alienate even some of their most diehard supporters.

Each Xbox One comes with the latest version of the Connect, making its starting price a solid $100 more than the PS4. It also has announced several policies that will cripple Indie developers, as well as gamers. Each game purchased comes with a code that will register the game to your specific Xbox, making it impossible to share a game with anyone unless they have been on your Xbox Live account for more than 30 days, and even then you can only do it a limited number of times per game. The big company’s distaste for the second hand game market has been very well known for a while now, and while this does seem like a sudden drastic measure, in another console generation or two this may well end up being the norm. But gaming has always been a social culture despite what a lot of stereotypes point to, so making it this difficult to lend a game to your friends seems like an unwise choice. But that is only the tip of the Iceberg, The X worse than that is the Connect and internet connection policies. The Connect your Xbox One comes with is always on, always watching, and your Xbox One will only work if you have it plugged in. But that’s not all your Xbox One must connect to. If it can’t connect with the internet once of 24 hours, or it will not allow you to play games until you establish an internet connection. Good luck taking your Xbox one on the road, or if your life in a place with unstable intent options. So far Microsoft’s reactions to people bringing up these issues of have been less that pleasant, alienating even more fans.

But, to be fair, if you aren’t really much of a gamer and more interested in unique and advanced tech then at the end of the day, you may actually want the Xbox One. It has many interesting innovations With built in connect providing a novel user interface, the ability to stream live television, and renting movies, countless ways to interact with others, it does have a variety of uses. The PS4 can’t let you watch TV while you chat with buddy on skype at the same time. If you are looking for one piece of tech to do the work of several, then the Xbox One may be for you. I just hope you don’t mind big brother watching you.

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